England’s cricketers will visit Pakistan for the first time in 16 years, with two Twenty20 internationals set to take place in Karachi in October 2021.
The ECB confirmed the news following an invitation by the PCB for a short tour in January 2021.
The team last toured Pakistan in 2005 when they played three Tests and five One-Day Internationals. Subsequent series between countries were held in the UAE in 2012 and 2015.
England will arrive in Karachi on 12th October before playing both matches. The two teams will then depart for India on 16th October for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup at the end of the series.
“It’s a real pleasure to announce that the England men’s IT20 squad will be playing in Pakistan in October 2021,” said Tom Harrison, CEO, ECB.
“This will be the first time since 2005 that an England team has toured Pakistan and as such it represents a significant moment for both nations.
“As was demonstrated this summer, we have a strong relationship with PCB and ECB is delighted to be able to play our part in ensuring the safe return of international cricket to this wonderful nation of passionate cricket fans.
“As always, the safety and welfare of our players and staff will be paramount. We are working closely with the PCB to ensure all the necessary plans are in place, especially concerning the anticipated levels of security around the team, the proposed travel protocols and of course the situation regarding the fast-moving and ever-changing COVID-19 pandemic.
“The two-match series will serve as ideal preparation for the England team leading into an ICC Men’s T20 World Cup taking place in India during October and November 2021.”
Wasim Khan, PCB Chief Executive, added: “I am delighted to confirm that England will be touring Pakistan to play two T20s in October 2021. This will be their first visit to Pakistan for 16 years and will open the door for both Test and White Ball tours in the 2022/23 season.
“The full-strength England squad will arrive at the backend of our home white-ball series against New Zealand. We also expect Australia to visit Pakistan for their FTP commitment in early 2022, with England returning for both Test and White Ball tours in the 2022-23 season.
“The ECB’s confirmation further endorses Pakistan as safe and secure. Importantly, this announcement speaks volumes for the relationship that we have with the ECB and I would like to thank the ECB for their strong will and desire to make this short tour a reality.”
Meanwhile, the ECB has also announced plans to host a full summer of international series across men’s, women’s and disability cricket in front of fans in 2021.
The Board is preparing to stage matches at grounds across England and Wales next year, with ticket purchasers given a refund promise to guard against any further coronavirus-related disruption.
A five-Test series against India is planned to headline the men’s international summer, following a Royal London Series against Sri Lanka and a Royal London Series and Vitality IT20 Series against Pakistan.
Current plans also see England Women set to play South Africa in a Royal London Series and Vitality IT20 Series before hosting New Zealand in a Royal London Series and Vitality IT20 Series.